red hook be dammed
In response to a call by the Forum for Urban Design of New York for a new vision for the neighborhood of Red Hook, this proposal was a provocation suggesting a fruitful marriage between infrastructure and civic space.
A dam rises to surround Red Hook and provide protection from rising water levels while creating, as a by-product, a new bicycle and pedestrian path that is punctuated by a network of bicycle stations with hybrid programs. Attempting to couple both active and passive infrastructures, this proposal asserts that there should not be a separation between the impending pragmatics of our urban infrastructural needs and how our urban experience is effectively shaped.
By making infrastructure readily visible in the urban environment, hybridizing its uses, and engaging multiple scales, a distinct, local and possibly more enriching city can emerge.